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Artist canvasses appropriate penalty for piracy

The Chairman of the Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter, Mr Idowu Sonaya, has said that the penalty meted out to culprits of piracy should be commensurate with the severity of the offence committed.

Sonaya, an artist and sculptor, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that there was the need for government to review some clauses in the Nigerian Copyright Law concerning piracy.

“We want our artists to get adequate reward for the works they’ve done, whether they are alive or not.

“There have been many instances of pirates producing and selling the works of renowned artists as theirs.

“This is an infringement when it comes to copyright law. It has to be looked into and the necessary redress sought,” he said.

Sonaya noted that the Nigerian Copyright Commission should not be a toothless dog.

“Piracy in the visual arts sector is what we are trying to check as a professional body.

“Even if you must copy, you must identify works that do not belong to you; make sure you request permission from the owner,” Sonaya said.

Sonaya’s works includes the statue of Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji at Oyingbo Market.